Federal Bureau Of Ivy: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. In “FBI”

Hold it right there and check out these photos of actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., who starred in the TV series “FBI” from 1965-74 until the show was suddenly and shockingly fired.


31 Comments on "Federal Bureau Of Ivy: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. In “FBI”"

  1. Mitchell S. | May 11, 2017 at 12:25 pm |

    Very well-dressed G men. Love the tweed jacket in the fifth image. Kind of a cross between a herringbone and barleycorn pattern.

    Cool jewelery, too. Singet rings, collar pins, and small (by today’s standards) watch diameters.

  2. Chewco L.P. (Offshore) | May 11, 2017 at 12:33 pm |

    Nice. He’s got a tan most men his age today would kill for.

    Now that you’ve opened this can of worms, Christian, I’ve just gotta say to our left-leaning (and right-leaning) friends here on ivy-style and beyond that unlike preppy clothes, hypocrisy is a bad look and extremely unbecoming.

    We the people (dems and republicans alike) were all frustrated with the Director in the recent past and publicly called for his resignation several times. Now all of a sudden, his firing is a travesty?

    I don’t believe you.


  3. Not sure pink button downs were an FBI staple… Hollywood bureau?

  4. J.J. Rodale | May 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm |

    Mitchell S.,

    Oxymoron of the Day: “today’s standards”

  5. Charlottesville | May 11, 2017 at 1:45 pm |

    Great photos. I was a fan of “The FBI” when I was a kid, but didn’t recall that the clothes were so Ivy-influenced, or that it ran into the 1970s. I would also love to see Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. in “77 Sunset Strip” again, but it does not seem to be available through my usual sources for ancient TV. I believe that photo number 3 from the bottom and probably number 5 from the top are from that earlier private eye show. It ran in the late 50s and early 60s, but was widely syndicated for years. He came by the Ivy look honestly, going to St Paul’s and then Yale.

  6. Nice outfits but I’m confused by those seemingly swelled edges on his suits. Thought it was a sporty detail. Looks to me as wrong as a ticket pocket on a worsted suit.

  7. Charlottesville, I’ve heard that in old Hollywood movies the male actors wore their own clothing. Wonder if Zimbalist was wearing his actual clothes in these series.

  8. Herr Doktor | May 11, 2017 at 2:56 pm |

    Fun Fact: J. Edgar Hoover considered Efrem Zimbalist Jr. to be what all FBI agents aspire to. You now see why.

  9. @Chewco

    It is not hypocrisy to think both of the following are true:

    — Comey has committed fireable offenses in the past

    — firing him *now*, in a blatant “Saturday Night Massacre” reaction to the Russia investigation, is a travesty.

    You can believe whatever you want.

  10. Chewco L.P. (Offshore) | May 11, 2017 at 7:52 pm |


    Yes, I agree that he was fired out of the blue. We’re living in very strange times.

    The writers of House of Cards are slapping their foreheads as we speak.

  11. Apparently the recent firing of the FBI director, mandated some emergency maintenance to the Oval Office. See —


    Frankly, I believe the money would of been better spent on a seasoned wardrobe consultant for President Trump.

  12. GS

    Did you notice that in the sixth picture of Mr. Zimbalist, above, that he is wearing a patterned jacket, shirt, and, tie. I think it works well. What do you think. I cannot tell whether the shirt is a button down or not.

  13. Roger Sack | May 11, 2017 at 8:56 pm |

    In later years. Still a natural shoulder guy:


  14. Yes I did, Mr. Korn, and it appears to be a tattersall shirt. A nice, autumnal look especially since it is paired with a red madder tie and herringbone tweed jacket. Also, I believe it is a button down collar as there is a visible roll to the part of the collar whose point we cannot see.

  15. He looks Catholic. Maybe an acolyte of JFK?

  16. Actually, he’s Jewish, WFBjr.

  17. Correction, ardent Episcopalian: St Paul’s And a Yalie.

    From Wiki:
    Zimbalist considered himself to be a man of abiding faith and was involved in a number of Christian media productions. His parents, Alma Gluck and Efrem Zimbalist, Sr., were assimilated non-practicing Jews who rejected their Jewish heritage.[20] Efrem Sr. was raised in a non-practicing household and later stated, “As far as I am concerned, there has been no Jew in the family for sixty-five years.”[20] Alma and Efrem Sr. had their children baptized Christians in the Episcopal Church and raised them in that church. Efrem Jr. stated that he was taken to church every Sunday and attended St. Paul’s School, an Episcopal boarding school in New Hampshire.[21] He also attended church every Sunday with his first wife, and it was his faith which allowed him peace when she succumbed to cancer.[22]

  18. Henry Contestwinner | May 12, 2017 at 12:56 am |

    Trump’s “you’re fired!” letter contains the following line:

    “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.”

    So how is the firing somehow inappropriate during whatever Russia investigation might be going on, when the investigation will continue regardless of who leads the FBI, and has nothing to do with the not-under-investigation Trump?

    I think I know: those suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, even though they themselves wanted Comey fired, must, as part of their derangement, oppose everything Trump does. Reminds me of this:


  19. WFBjr, very interesting an ethnic jew but practicing episcopalian.

    Henry, thank you for coming back in full force.

  20. Way to alienate at least half your audience, Chris.

  21. Henry

    Glad to see you are part of the Oval Office fumigation team. I am sure you will have that place smelling like a rose in no time.

  22. rvpress59 | May 12, 2017 at 8:40 am |

    GS, I’m sure that you just don’t know any better, so I will give you the benefit of the doubt. It’s considered, at best, impolite to write “Jew” with a lower case “j.” Additionally, ethnic Jews converting to other religions is extremely common throughout history, although in the past it usually arose from governmental decrees, rather than any change of faith.

  23. Chewco L.P. (Offshore) | May 12, 2017 at 9:45 am |

    Coming again to GS’s defense. I don’t think he knew any better or that it was impolite. He also spelled Episcopalian with a small ‘e.’ It’s a millennial thing to dispense with capitalizations, especially without the aid of auto-correct auto-capitalizing nouns correctly.

  24. Yes, the Millennials are notoriously careless with pronoun conventions and generally ignorant to the possibility of variance within ethnic groups. I thought GS might want to know so that he can avoid unintentional impropriety in the future.

  25. At least one of your photos (third up from the bottom) is from “77 Sunset Strip,” a show I think a lot you would enjoy.

  26. Mr. Press,

    Your correction of GS reveals as much about you as it does “the millennials” I don’t presume to speak for GS but I’m fairly certain that neither he nor anybody here wishes harm or disrespect for Jewish people.


  27. Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” contains a funny scene concerning a Jewish fella converting to Catholicism.

  28. Henry Contestwinner | May 12, 2017 at 7:01 pm |

    H. Korn, I think the only way to get the White House to smell like a rose would be to raze it and let roses grow over the site.

  29. Henry

    Glad to see your are back.

  30. Thanks, Chewie, agree with everything you said. It was just a bit of laziness on my part, comes with being a millennial.

  31. Richard W | May 19, 2017 at 1:22 pm |

    On politico.com there is a very likeable portrait of James Comey and Robert S. Mueller by Garrett M. Graff. I especially like the following bit on Mueller’s white shirts:
    “He famously, almost religiously, wore white shirts and dark suits as director—the picture of a stereotypical Hoover-era G-man—and would even gently mock aides and agents who dared to show up in his office wearing, horror of horrors, pink or even blue shirts. I long attributed his habit to his personal style and strait-laced nature, but, after he finished as director, I once asked him: Why the cult of the white shirt? He answered more philosophically than I’d ever seen him speak before—explaining that he knew he was leading the FBI through a period of wrenching change, converting it to a global intelligence agency focused around counterterrorism, and that he felt it important to keep recognizable totems of the past in place—like the tradition of the white shirt—to help agents understand it was still the same FBI they’d signed up to join.”.

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